Citing an anonymous source familiar with the company’s plans, 9to5 Mac says the iOS versions of Facebook’s two apps are going to be seeing a major overhaul in the near future.
According to the report, Facebook is currently testing an update to its main app for iOS that would bring Graph Search to users on the iPhone and iPad, unifying the search experience across mobile and desktop. If they do, it would be the first time Facebook’s marginally creepy tool for searching the site for people who “like” a certain page, or post about a certain thing shows up on mobile.
In addition to that update, Facebook is also reportedly working to update its Messenger app, which hasn’t yet seen a visual overhaul for iOS 7. There are two versions currently running around Facebook’s campus, one of which features a user interface reminiscent of the Messages app built in to iOS, while the other one fits more cleanly into the blue and white aesthetic of Facebook’s other offerings. One of the key features included in those apps is the ability to search your contacts to reach out to people over Facebook who may not be in your friends list.
It’s unclear yet how Facebook would go about doing that, and if they would employ some or all of the data that they gathered through Apple’s integration of Facebook into iOS.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.